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Sgt Ernest "Merton" Alcorn
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1920
Ellsinore
Carter County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 1997
Butler County
Missouri, USA

☆☆☆ WORLD WAR II VETERAN ☆☆☆

Uncle Merton was the 4th of 9 children born to Scott and Delia Ann Box Alcorn who married on June 3, 1911.

His paternal grandparents were:
Lafayette Alcorn and Alice (Love) Alcorn

His maternal grandparents were:
Maston "Matthew" Wiley Box and
Margaret Elizabeth "Maggie" (Seats) Box

Uncle Merton served in the U.S. Air Force as a Radio Operator in the 388th Bomb Group during World War II and was a prisoner of war. On a mission to Brunswick, Germany, his plane was shot down on March 23, 1944 in Germany and upon capture, he was sent to Stalag Luft One, a Nazi camp in Barth, Germany, where thousands of downed Allied fliers who had parachuted out of their planes and been captured were taken. Merton was housed in North 3, Barracks 2 (Block 302), Room 13. The prisoners called themselves "kriegies" (a shortened version of the German word for prisoner of war, "kriegesgefangener").

There he and the others endured brutal cold and starvation, and for at least one month (March, 1945) each prisoner was only given a single bowl of rutabagas each day. On April 1, 1945 (Easter Sunday) the Germans dumped tens of thousands of Red Cross food parcels into the camp. Many of the prisoners ate huge amounts of the food and were very sick.

The German guards abandoned camp on April 30, 1945, escaping the advancing Soviet army. An announcement was made over the PA system that the prisoners were free and Uncle Merton and all others were airlifted out of the area.

Uncle Merton married Virginia Potter on August 21, 1945. After their divorce, he married Pauline Ruser on November 23, 1957, and the couple had two children, John and Rosemary. He worked as a general manager for Williamsville Stone and Porter-DeWitt Ready Mix in Poplar Bluff. He was also a partner with the Harris-Dexter Ready Mix Company in Dexter. After 40 years of service, he retired as President of Porter-DeWitt Construction Company.

A HUGE "Thank-You" to Star Kline for creating Uncle Merton's memorial originally!
 
 
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 Parents:
  Scott Lee Alcorn (1891 - 1946)
  Delia Ann Box Alcorn (1892 - 1980)
 
 Spouse:
  Pauline Ruser Alcorn (1927 - 2013)
 
 Siblings:
  Mildred Pauline Alcorn Magill (1912 - 1997)*
  Cecil Clyde Alcorn (1915 - 2003)*
  Percy Eugene Alcorn (1917 - 1998)*
  Ernest "Merton" Alcorn (1920 - 1997)
  Scott "Scottie" Lafayette Alcorn (1923 - 1998)*
  Roy Anvil Alcorn (1925 - 1973)*
  Walter Ray "Snid" Alcorn (1928 - 1964)*
  Donald Lee Alcorn (1931 - 2002)*
  Billy Joe Alcorn (1934 - 1982)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Poplar Bluff
Butler County
Missouri, USA
 
Maintained by: Kathie AAH
Originally Created by: Star Kline
Record added: Mar 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86114036
Sgt Ernest Merton Alcorn
Added by: Kathie AAH
 
Sgt Ernest Merton Alcorn
Added by: Kathie AAH
 
Sgt Ernest Merton Alcorn
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Thank you for your service.
- Gracie's Grammy
 Added: Nov. 19, 2013
Thank you for your service in preserving our country's freedoms. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Aug. 26, 2012

- Star Kline
 Added: Mar. 2, 2012
 
 
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